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Osun Workers Receive Salary Arrears

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By Tunde Oyekola in Osogbo
There was a new lease of life in Osogbo, Osun State capital, on Thursday as workers in the state Civil Service started receiving bank alerts signifying the payment of outstanding salaries from the state government.
It was Naira rain for the state Public servants who received four-month salary as well as outstanding balance of January and February salaries.
The state government had on Wednesday commenced the payment of outstanding salaries to workers in the state.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola had agreed with the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), to pay the workers and pensioners four months arrears of salary.
A worker who gave his name as Adebayo Oyetunji told WESTERN POST on Friday that he had received alert from his bank for the payment of two months salary by the state government Chairman of the state Negotiating Council, Comrade Bayo Adejumo, in a telephone conversation, confirmed that the government had commenced the payment of salaries as agreed with the NLC.
According to Comrade Adejumo, the government agreed to pay workers the balance of their January and February salaries as well as full payment of March, April, May and June salaries while pensioners would be paid the balance of November and December entitlement as well as full payment of their pension for January, February and March.
The Chairman of the Osun Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Jacob Adekomi, while addressing journalists after a meeting with representatives of government on the disbursement of bailout loan for workers salary at the Government House in Osogbo, commended Governor Aregbesola for disbursing the bailout loan for the payment of backlog of workers salaries.
Adekomi stated that there was no disagreement between Labour and government on whether the bailout loan would not be used to pay workers salaries as speculated in some quarters.
He stressed that labour all this while was sure that the fund was intact but was meeting with government on the modalities of how it will be disbursed based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of 13th July, 2015 entered into with government by labour.

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